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Guide to Holiday Fun – New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels Holiday Events

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? For some it’s going to the theater to see live performances like the Nutcracker. Others enjoy the thrill of the hunt while shopping for the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on their list. If you’re looking for some exciting and festive events to attend this fall in the Texas Hill Country, then use this blog as your guide to holiday fun!

Painting with a Twist – Twist at Home Kits

Fun Activities for Kids Near New Braunfels

Channel your inner artist while spending time outdoors. Painting with a Twist now offers “Twist at Home” painting kits for artists of all ages and skill levels. Each kit comes fully stocked with everything you need for a creative day of painting along with detailed instructions. Order online and pick up in person at their New Braunfels location. For more information visit the Painting with a Twist website.

Photos with Cowboy Kringle

Photos with Cowboy Kringle in Gruene, Texas

Cowboy Kringle is back again! Mosey on down to Historic Downtown Gruene to see if your name made the naughty or nice list this year. New and exciting photo options will be available to encourage social distancing. Masks will be required upon arrival, but may be removed for photos. Reservations are required and spots fill up quickly, so reserve in advance! Visit CowboyKringle.com for more information and to reserve your time slot.

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays during November and December. Reservations required in advance.

Location: Photos with Cowboy Kringle take place in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store in Historic Gruene.

SJRC Jingle Bell Run Presented by Comal ISD

Participate in the annual 5k Jingle Bell Run/Walk online or in person and don’t forget to wear a festive costume! On Sunday, the judges will select the best costume and the winner will receive a prize in the mail. The vendor fair this year will be virtual on www.sjrctexas.org. All proceeds benefit the children of SJRC Texas. The 2020 event will adhere to adjusted guidelines including a face mask policy, limited number of participants and attendees and more. To read more details or register for the race, please visit AthleteGuild.com.

Date: December 12, 2020 (Registration Required)

Location: Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Music at the Mill – Events Near New Braunfels, Texas

United Way of Comal County presents “Dinner and Tunes Under the Texas Sky” at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. The recurring event takes place every Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the heart of downtown Historic Gruene. ‘The Mill’ is famous for their mouth-watering chicken fried steak and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Reserve a table in advance for a relaxing night of live music under the Texas stars. Great for the whole family! For more information, visit PlayinnNewBraunfels.com.

Located beneath Gruene’s landmark water tower, in the ruins of an 1878 cotton gin, overlooking the Guadalupe River, the Historic Gristmill has been considered one of the most unique dining spots in Texas for nearly half a century. A rare combination of history, location and turn-of-the-century architecture create the Gristmill’s legendary Texas experience.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar

Dates: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Location: Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar 1287 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Hill Country Christmas Market in New Braunfels

Shop ’til you drop this November at the Hill Country Christmas Market in New Braunfels. Unique gift items, antiques, treats, and festive decor from local vendors are sure to ignite the holiday spirit in all who attend. Hosted at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, the holiday bizarre opens Friday from 10 to 5 PM, Saturday from 9 to 5 PM, and Sunday from 10 to 4 PM. Daily admission is $6 per person or pay $8 per person for a weekend pass. Parking is free. Visit Heritageeventcompany.com for more information.

​Dates: November 20-22, 2020 

Location: New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, Texas

Old Gruene Market Days

For more than 30 years, Gruene Market Days take place on the third full weekend of every month (except January and December). With nearly 100 artisan vendors, this event is the perfect opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts including handmade items and local packaged foods from Texas. Free admission, parking, and live entertainment! While you are Gruene Historic District enjoy specialty shopping, wine tasting, and unique dining. Visit www.gruenemarketdays.com for additional info.

Dates: 3rd full weekend of each month February through November and the 1st weekend of December. (Gruene Market Christmas Days are December 5-6) Market hours are 10am – 5pm.

Location: In Gruene Historic District in front of Adobe Verde

Kid’s Day Out at Landa Park

Itching for an adults only day on the Guadalupe River? Bring the kids to Landa Recreation Center for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, movies and more. Campers will enjoy outdoor adventures in beautiful Landa Park including trips to the playground and miniature golf course! Presented by the City of New Braunfels – Parks & Recreation.

2020 Dates: November 23-25, December 21-23, December 28-31, January 4, and January 18 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Location: Landa Recreation Center 164 Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130

The Nutcracker – Live Theater New Braunfels, TX

Nothing captures the holiday spirit like watching a live performance of The Nutcracker! Enjoy the magic as Clara dreams that her beloved nutcracker toy has come to life. Swords clash as her nutcracker prince leads an epic battle with the Rat Queen and whisks her away through moon lit snowflakes to the magical land of sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum fairy. This is one performance you won’t want to miss! Presented by American Dance Co.

Dates: December 19, 2020 – December 20, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center 375 S Castell Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130

We hope to see you soon! Happy holidays!

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